Too many cooks in BCCI spoil the broth: Rod Marsh

Published: Saturday, May 19, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Abu Dhabi:Too many heads in the BCCI were the bane of Indian cricket, former Australia wicketkeeper Rod Marsh said as he advised a laissez-faire for Team India where the playing XI had no influence whatsoever from the board or the press.

''You have to pick the best eleven. Pick them for a period of time, give them opportunity and dont listen to what the press say or the BCCI members say,'' Marsh, ICC's Director of Coaching at the Global Cricket Academy, was quoted as saying by the Gulf Times.

''You got to have the right people at the right place, as selectors and as a captain. I'm not saying that (Rahul) Dravid is not a right captain; I know him as a good person. And I imagine that hes a good captain; as you got to have all these things right to have a winning combination.

''You can't expect the coach to fix all the problems - of the Board, players and infrastructure. These factors have to be right before itself, if you have to be a cricketing nation.'' He said the board needed to bring down the number of members for effective decision-making.

''A big committee might be doing a lot of work at the grass root level and also might be good servants of the game, but when it comes to decision-making, they get it wrong. Big committee cannot arrive at any right decision. And if they do get it right, they arrive at it late.

''Business does not work like that and sports is a business right now. And I would say, most businesses operate on a smaller board and do well,'' asserted 'Iron Gloves' Marsh, who had 355 victims in his Test career.

He said although the Indian cricket had financial muscle and public support, infighting in the BCCI was hampering its development.

''They have the financial support, the public support but there is lot of infighting. Until that is sorted, it is difficult to get the desired results. For Chappell, as a foreigner, this would have been a very difficult assignment for all these simple reasons.'' He advised that India should look for specialised people to coach the team.

''I would look out for specialised people. For eg -- For India with enough budget, I would employ two fielding coaches. It's obvious that their standard of fielding is not good as other teams.

The only way to improve is hard work. Those players who can't do it with not be there in my squad.

''It's a very simple game and I would try to keep it as simple as possible. The areas that I can fix, I would do it myself and if I can't, I'll try and get somebody who can fix it for me,'' Marsh said.


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